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By mburkit
#4784575
Like I said, my biggest issue was the amp popping because I THINK the dB were too high on my sound files. So I had to remix stuff just so I could turn it up loud enough. And honestly, it seems about as loud as when I used the 7watt amp in my first sound set up I ever did using a replica props chip. So take that however you'd like. It works though, and that's what counts!
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By Morydees
#4784638
Well whatever you did, it came out amazing! And thanks again for the heads up about Sponge, he got me all taken care of with my sound/chip. What a great guy.
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By pyhasanon
#4797352
People have been clamoring for 2 things from me: they want to see my flash bulb in action and they want to know how my popping mechanism works.

Well, I shot a video of my flash bulb, because honestly, that's easier to share, since it requires less explanation: I made a socket out of acrylic and some copper leads that the GE AG-1B flash bulb sits into. Supply power and "POP"!

Here's the video:



I'll try to explain the popping mechanism then, once I have some more visual aids.
Curious - in your set-up, how easy is it to switch out the bulbs?
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By mburkit
#4797410
Curious - in your set-up, how easy is it to switch out the bulbs?
Literally a good set of pliers or (if my hands aren't sweaty) I can usually get the bulb out of the barrel with my fingers. Its not hard. Its more work trimming and straightening the leads of the flash bulbs prior than it is to actually switch them out.
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By pyhasanon
#4797413
So after straightening the leads of the bulb it just pops right it and holds it tight? I'll need to look more into a way of installing it... You have it triggered at the tip by the hat light like in the original hero packs, correct?
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By mburkit
#4797422
So after straightening the leads of the bulb it just pops right it and holds it tight? I'll need to look more into a way of installing it... You have it triggered at the tip by the hat light like in the original hero packs, correct?
That is correct; it is triggered by the red push button on the gun ear. As far as the bulbs go, I had to straighten the leads and trim them down some, but yes, once they are modified, they fit nicely into the socket then 99% of the time.
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By pyhasanon
#4797424
Thanks! I know it might be a little late, but do you happen to have pictures of your socket so I can have a better idea? If not, that's fine, I'm sure I can figure something out...
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By mburkit
#4797425
Thanks! I know it might be a little late, but do you happen to have pictures of your socket so I can have a better idea? If not, that's fine, I'm sure I can figure something out...
My socket is a G4 bi-pin ceramic socket. I bought a bundle of them off of Aliexpress because, besides the flash bulb on the wand, they used these sockets inside the pack for the powercell and cyclotron incandescents.

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The only place I was able to find them really for sale was in China. Good luck!
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By pyhasanon
#4797459
Oh, nice, I thought you fabricated the socket yourself! Thanks, that's a big help! I got like 60 of these bulbs, so I'd like to put them to good (moderate) use!
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By mburkit
#4797478
Well, yes and no. I had bought some solid rod acrylic and turned it down to fit inside my acrylic tip on the wand. I then drilled a hole through the center of it and fit the ceramic bi-pin socket into it. That's how the real ones were done. So you still have to fabricate something, just not the socket itself.
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By mburkit
#4815518
Another amazing pack build. Your pictures always look so damn good. Did you modify the GBFans soundchip?
Originally I had Spongeface put different sounds on the GBFans sound board, but then I decided I wanted to put my own sound set up in this pack, as seen in this photo:
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I used a Sparkfun WAV Trigger that interacts with my lights with an intermediate Arduino. I figured that I designed all the other electronics in my pack, might as well just do the WHOLE thing myself.
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By mburkit
#4815582
Thanks for the reply mate. The setup you created is immense. I really like it............. Alot
Thanks! JackDoud sells the finalized versions of the light kits in this pack (found Here). As far as the sound set up I have, its honestly more expensive than any other options out there but I wanted full control over the sounds I had and how they interacted with my lights. Most other sound set ups work just fine. These lights can be hooked up directly to the GBFans sound board and can interact with Crix/Replica Props if you use relays.
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By Venkman's Swagger
#4815626
Thanks for the reply mate. The setup you created is immense. I really like it............. Alot
Thanks! JackDoud sells the finalized versions of the light kits in this pack (found Here). As far as the sound set up I have, its honestly more expensive than any other options out there but I wanted full control over the sounds I had and how they interacted with my lights. Most other sound set ups work just fine. These lights can be hooked up directly to the GBFans sound board and can interact with Crix/Replica Props if you use relays.
I've been eyeing the Prop-Forge light bundle up. It is rather nice and will probably go for it for my Hero build once I've knocked out my SH build with Nicks new shell. I currently have the GBFans full set up for that. Your 2 Stantz builds are a real inspiration to me so thank you for sharing them with the community
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By pyhasanon
#4830752
Hey, Matt, question for you - you have your flash bulb wired directly to your 12V battery, correct (well, other than your actuator/switch)? In your experience with the AG-1B Flash Bulb - when it pops, will it fry if voltage is continuously applied to it, or will it just be an open circuit, similar to a blown fuse (?), and I don't have to worry about continuously applying voltage to it? I made a new circuit, and it works great, but the bulb almost fused itself to the acrylic tip, it melted pretty good... I wonder if it was because I applied the power to it too long, or the power to it was just too much to begin with, regardless to how long it was applied...

Thanks!
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By mburkit
#4830827
I only have 5v going to my flash bulb set up; it is a combination of voltage and amperage that is needed to set off the bulb. As far as whether i have continuous voltage going to it, even after it pops: that shouldn't matter. Once it pops, the "circuit" that bulb is part of is broken, I.E. the filament within the bulb is busted and the circuit is no longer complete so it can't have power continuously going through it to fry it. I remember testing a bulb with a 9v before I installed it into my wand and I burnt my hand on it. It sounds to me that the 12v maybe too much for the bulbs.
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By pyhasanon
#4830844
Yeah, I decided to take the risk beyond my best judgment to see how long I can apply the direct 12V to the bulb, and see if it will burn itself out into oblivion, or just pop and continue on safely... I ran it for roughly a minute with no problems, so I think it's safe to say that I'm good... I appreciate the reply, Matt, thanks for the help!

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